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News  11, Mar 2013

Surviving in the jungle of Singapore’s co-working space

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Co-working spaceMartin Pasquier is a social media strategist based in Singapore. He is currently the head of marketing at Crowdonomic and founder and partner at Agence Tesla.

Want to know all about co-working spaces in Singapore? Read our guest writer’s cheat sheet on co-working spaces on the island.

With the new year come, we hope, new projects, and possibly a need for places to work your ideas out.

You’re smart, you may even have a team, and would like to try it out without renting your own office. You’d also like to meet people, attend event and why not explore new ideas over a coffee. That’s what co-working spaces are made for, and here’s the 2013 benchmark to find yours.

Singapore Co-working Space Cheat Sheet
Name Community MRT S$/day S$/halftime S$/full-time hotdesk S$/full-time perm. desk No. of desks No. of meeting rooms
Coworking Singapore Entrepreneurs Mountbatten 20 150 (night & weekend) 250 400 16 2
Cowork @ SG // Space at 8 Entrepreneurs Paya Lebar 24 250 (night & weekend) 400 N/A N/A N/A
Cowork @ SG // Club 71 Entrepreneurs One-Norh 24 N/A 400 520 85 1
Cowork @ SG // SmartSpace Entrepreneurs Bras Basah 30 N/A N/A 550 130 2
HackerspaceSG Hardtech Lavender N/A N/A 128 – 256 512 36 0
Kennel Arty/Design Bugis N/A N/A N/A 950 10 1
MakeSpace Quiet guys Lavender 30 220 375 495 30 0
The Hub Social biz & entrepreneurs Somerset 50 250 – 350 550 600 100 3
Workspace Creative industries Bugis/Lavender N/A N/A 200 550 6 0
PlusConcept Space Small & Pro Esplanade/Bugis 50 N/A 290 490 20 N/A
HiredTurf Techy & Arty Esplanade/Bugis 50 N/A 290 490 20 N/A
TheCo Growth & Overseas Clarke Quay/City Hall 45 350 750 900 50 3
Frontdesk Creative industries MacPherson/Eunos 15 N/A N/A 350 18 0
Plug-In@Blk71 Startups One-North 3 months Hotdesk subject to eligibility for startups 45 3
Collective Works Where creative meets corporate Raffles Place 35 150 -700 N/A 700 – 800 57 1
Ecosystem Eco-friendly Bugis 20 N/A 300 600 14 1
The Office SMEs Chinatown N/A 248 528 798 44 1
HubQuarters@SCAPE Youth Somerset Hotdesk subject to eligibility for startups & youth projects 50 4
Occupy Freelancers/ Entrepreneurs/ Creatives Bugis 15 125 (7-days counter) 250 (7-days table) N/A 11 N/A

Gathering this information is quite a challenge as Singapore is willing to become a hub for entrepreneurs and associated services bloom but the competition in the region is fierce, and high prices for space can make a co-working venture pivot to more sustainable activities.

We double checked with everyone of these co-working spaces about their plans, their communities, and their contact info. A few details:

  • Meeting rooms are closed meeting rooms where you can Skype or discuss in all confidentiality, we excluded “corners” that can help gather a team but not maintain strict privacy for professional or investor relationships
  • The prices are in Singapore Dollars and subject to changes, seasonal promotions from each of the landowners, so double check what the website tells you with a phone call to be sure

While you check the quantitative figures that can make you choose one or another for budget reasons, take also into account the community, the events and the locations of these venues.

Some will prefer the quiet atmosphere and the small and tight community of MakeSpace in Lavender, or the professional mindset of PlusConcept Space. You may also want to try to co-work in the CBD thanks Collective Works, or to associate your ideas with virtual office services at Hired Turf for instance. The hardcore tech crowd will always find a second home at the Plug-In or at HackerspaceSG, while social business and events goers should better locate more centrally at the Hub. And for prisoners of the corporate world who wish to moonlight on their projects, Coworking Singapore and CoWork@SG have dedicated offers.

Overall, we can only congratulate Singapore entrepreneurs community to provide such a diversity of good spots, many of which opened in the last 12 months. Help us keep the data to date by commenting, and all the best for your new projects!

Do check them out IRL, or through social media.

Coworking Singapore

229 Mountbatten Road, #02-41 Mountbatten Square, Singapore 398007 

http://www.coworkingsingapore.com/

@CoworkingSG

https://www.facebook.com/coworkingsingapore

join@coworkingsingapore.com

+65 6345 1285

 

Cowork@SG & Smartspace

8 Joo Chiat Terrace, Singapore 427181

261, Waterloo Street, #03-32, Singapore 180261

http://cowork.sg/

@CoworkSG

https://www.facebook.com/CoworkSG

admin@smartspace.sg

+65 6837 3530

 

HackerspaceSG

344B King George’s Avenue Singapore 208576

http://hackerspace.sg/

@hackerspacesg

https://www.facebook.com/HackerspaceSG

membership@hackerspace.sg

 

The Kennel

166B Rochor Road, Singapore 188441

http://www.inthekennel.com/kennel/

@inthekennel

https://www.facebook.com/inthekennel

info@inthekennel.com

 

MakeSpace

318C King George’s Avenue, Make­space @ King George’s Building, Singapore 208563

http://makespace.sg/

@MakespaceSG

https://www.facebook.com/makespace.sg

cowork@makespace.sg

+65 6293 6275

 

The Hub

National Youth Council Academy 113 Somerset Road, Singapore 238165

https://singapore.the-hub.net/

@hubsg

https://www.facebook.com/thehubsingapore

hub@thehub.sg

 

WorkSpace

778a North Bridge Road, Singapore, Singapore 198786

http://workspacesingapore.tumblr.com

https://www.facebook.com/WorkspaceSingapore/info

kelvin@workspacedesignstudio.com

+65 9750 0272

 

PlusConcept Space

16 Purvis Street, 188595 Singapore

http://space.plusconceptinc.com/

@plusconcept

getintouch@plusconceptinc.com

+65 9106 0455

 

Hired Turf

883 North Bridge Road, #09-04 Southbank SOHO, Singapore 198784

http://hiredturf.com/

@hiredturf

https://www.facebook.com/hiredturf

hello@hiredturf.com

+65 6631 8931

 

TheCo

75 High Street, Singapore 179435

http://jointhe.co/

https://www.facebook.com/jointheco

spaces@jointhe.co

 

FrontDesk

53 Ubi Ave 1 #B1-44, Singapore 408934

http://www.frontdeskgroup.com

https://www.facebook.com/FrontDesk.CoWorking

+65 6841 5197

 

PlgIn@Blk71

71 Ayer Rajah Crescent, #02-18, Singapore 139951

http://www2.blk71.com/

https://www.facebook.com/plugin.blk71

info@blk71.com

+65 6874 1292

 

Collective Works

100 Cecil St, Singapore 069532

http://www.collectiveworks.com.sg

https://www.facebook.com/Collective.Works.Asia

jonathan@collectiveworks.com.sg

+65 6225 0030

 

Ecosystem

3 Jalan Kledek Singapore 199259

http://www.ecosystem.sg/

https://www.facebook.com/ecosystemsg

soh.ju.hu@gmail.com

+65 97242915

 

The Office

75A Pagoda Street S(059234)

www.theoffice.com.sg

www.facebook.com/TheOfficeIsMyOffice

boonk@theoffice.com.sg

 

HubQuarters@SCAPE

2 Orchard Link #04-01 Singapore 237978

http://www.scape.com.sg/

https://www.facebook.com/scapesg

enquiries@scape.com.sg

+65 6521 6565

 

Occupy

768 North Bridge Road Singapore 198736

http://occupy.sg

https://www.facebook.com/WeAreOccupy

 

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